Gardener and policeman arrested for robbing East London police station

MARCH 27, 2015

An East London gardener and a police official have been arrested on allegations of robbing a local police station under the cover of darkness brought on by load-shedding. This was after a high-speed chase through the streets of Mdantsane on Wednesday night.

The two allegedly burgled an exhibit room at the Inyibiba police station in NU17 Mdantsane when electricity to the area was cut.

Goods valued at more than R10 000 – including 17 arms of dagga, a bag full of dagga and a flat screen TV, were stolen and recovered after the high-speed chase.

According to the Daily Dispatch, the drama started at 7pm when police realised something was amiss during a routine inspection using torches.

It was when the officers saw a maroon Ford Tracer fleeing from the police station, which aroused their suspicions. On realising the door leading to the evidence room was forced open, the officers jumped into their vans and immediately gave chase.

Even after repeatedly fired warning shots to force the driver of getaway vehicle to stop, the suspects sped on.

Mdantsane police spokesman Lieutenant Nkosikho Mzuku told the paper that the pursuit only ended when the suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a residential wall.

Three of the men fled, but police arrested a fourth who had been injured in the crash and recovered the stolen property – that was when they discovered that the arrested man was actually their colleague.

“He was taken to hospital and later discharged to the custody of the police,” Mzuku said.

One of the fugitives, a grass cutter, also employed at the station, handed himself over to police on Thursday.

Mzuku said more arrests were imminent and that the suspects were charged with business robbery and possession of suspected stolen property, and were due to appear in the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court today.